Shiloh United Methodist Church
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; A time to war, and a time to peace. --- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Time – we all have the same amount of it (exactly 24 hours a day). But as Ecclesiastes puts it, there is a time for everything, it is called LIFE. In every season of our life we learn, change, and produce both good and bad. You may be going through a different season in your life right now but be assured God is with you through the journey. Take hold of it and hang on for the adventure! We may not be able to see around the corner, or even in front of you because of the tears, but He has walked the path, gone through that season before, and He is equipped to be your strength in times of weakness. What season are you in…prepare yourself for the changes in your life but allow the Joy of your salvation to carry you through.
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
What a wonderful Spirit has been felt throughout the month of April as we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. Many concerns, petitions, and praises were placed on the cross and went with Him as He was raised from death and conquered the power those sins and concerns have over us. We, at Shiloh, are a praying family and continue to lift each other up in trying times. May we continue to pray faithfully; pray without ceasing for our church Family. Those listed are but a few of the many prayers within the congregation. Don’t be shy and keep issues to yourselves. You can place your concerns on the connection cards and only the Pastor will read them and not publicize unless requested to do so. I am here if you need to vent, but our Lord hears your prayers and He is answering them every day. We are so fortunate to have a praying church. You must never give up and continually search for the will of your Savior. He paid such a price for our freedom and to connect with us in this New Covenant we have been talking about. He takes our weaknesses and produces something so much stronger and alive. Your prayers are being answered, your prayers are being heard, and He cares about each and every person in our congregation and in our prayers. Never cease to pray. Be a prayer warrior today and don’t let satan have his day. Satan will try to confuse, try to get you down but “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the World.
“Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I Thessalonians 5:17-18
Message from the Pastor
Rev. Dr. Shirley Suarez